Guest post from students on Columbia Business School’s Chazen Trip. The group of 40 students visited Castello Banfi in March 2015 to learn more about the company, its wines, and the luxury goods industry.
The post was originally hosted at https://cbschazenstudenttravel.wordpress.com/
On March 16 we headed to Tuscany, one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions, for our first company visit at Castello Banfi.
Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery located in the Montalcino region of Tuscany. This award-winning estate was founded on the philosophy of blending tradition with innovation, and is recognized as a pioneer in elevating the standards of Italian winemaking.
After a wonderful presentation by Luca Devigili (Brand Manager Banfi Piemonte and Trade Marketing Manager) and Elizabeth Koenig (Estate Hospitality Project Director), we had the opportunity to taste three fantastic wines. We had the Brunello di Montalcino (one of their most premium wines), Aska (a Cabernet Sauvignon with mild percentage of Cabernet Franc) and a recently introduced wine targeted towards first time female drinkers, La Pettegola, which was my favorite. This was followed by the most sumptuous lunch at a restaurant on their vast estate. We had asparagus and saffron risotto with fossa-aged pecorino cheese and veal fillet in aromatic herbs crust with potato mille-feuille, with wine pairings of course. A special mention for the delicious olive oil which a few students even purchased and the staff were more than willing to wrap our purchases in the most secure way. As I looked all around the estate, the beauty of untouched nature left me mesmerized and I wish we could have stayed there longer…it really was the perfect start to our trip!
Rebecca fell in love with wine — Castello Banfi Brunello in particular — on a cliché semester abroad in Italy. A Texas native, she has traveled to wine regions throughout France, as well as to Portugal, South Africa, and across the U.S. In addition to earning a BA from Duke University (Go Blue Devils!) and an MBA from Columbia Business School, Rebecca holds an Advanced with Merit certification from the WSET and was a founding contributor of the popular wine industry blog Terroirist.